The foundation of the temple is laid. There is great rejoicing. They are singing responsively, “The Lord is good! His steadfast love endures forever.” That probably means that a leader is saying things and the group is responding, praising God’s goodness and faithful love.
This call and response type of song can be seen in Psalm 136.
They actually add a little extra to it here that I don’t remember seeing elsewhere. They say, “His steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
They are recognizing God’s loving care and attention directed toward them in particular. God had not rejected His people.
Jeremiah says, “The Lord does not cast off forever.”
There is always mercy with the Lord and He delights to show mercy.
The Sabbath had to be kept. God is right and just, but He is love.
The foundation of the temple is being laid with rejoicing. I think that’s a great place to start with anything.
Praise and thank God. When you don’t know what to do, praise and thank God. When things are all confused, praise and thank God. When you are hurting and in pain, praise and thank God. When things are clear and bright, praise and thank God. When tasks are piled high, praise and thank God. When you are starting a new venture, praise and thank God. When you are dreaming up new plans, praise and thank God. When things are coming to an end, praise and thank God.
Whatever stone is being laid for your next step to be taken upon, praise and thank God! Acknowledging God for who He is in all your ways and in all your days is never a wrong move. It will straighten out the path ahead of you. You may only see the next step and not beyond, but that’s enough. Take the step with praise and thanksgiving.